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Poster: torgo666 Date: Sep 9, 2008 11:26am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

I have one of those Mill Creek box sets of DVDs, where you get 50 movies for really cheap.

One of the movies is Prisoners of the Lost Universe. I can't seem to find any info online as to whether this is actually in the Public Domain. Is there anyone out there who can point me in a good direction?

Thanks.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Sep 10, 2008 4:59pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

The movie was not registered for copyright within 5 years of publication without a valid copyright notice so it would meet the public domain test for a movie of it's age.

However, Mill Creek has this on two 50 packs - "Nightmare Worlds" and "Drive in Movie Classics". Both are watermarked and copyrighted. So you will probably need to find another source.

"Nightmare worlds"

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0001379895 / 2007-05-21
Title: Nightmare worlds 50 movie megapack.
Description: 12 videodiscs (DVD)
Copyright Claimant: Mill Creek Entertainment, LLC
Date of Creation: 2006
Date of Publication: 2006-08-31
Basis of Claim: New Matter: motion picture compilation.
Copyright Note: Cataloged from appl. only.

Names: Mill Creek Entertainment, LLC


"Drive in Movie Classics"

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0001378955 / 2007-05-21
Title: Drive-in movie classics 50 moviepack.
Description: 12 videodiscs (DVD)
Copyright Claimant: Mill Creek Entertainment, LLC
Date of Creation: 2006
Date of Publication: 2006-02-28
Basis of Claim: New Matter: compilation of motion pictures.
Copyright Note: Cataloged from appl. only.

Names: Mill Creek Entertainment, LLC

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Poster: torgo666 Date: Sep 13, 2008 2:11pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

That's awesome. Thanks for the help!

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Poster: elmagno Date: Sep 10, 2008 5:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: V-Cellar, What Is Their Basis of Claim, I Wonder?

"Basis of Claim: New Matter: motion picture compilation."
Would you know or hazard a guess?

Thanks.

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Poster: MattWallner Date: Feb 19, 2009 9:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

What if you cover up the watermark with a different logo? How does the copyright work on public domain movies released on DVD? Are they no longer for public use once they are released? If you cover it up, can anybody tell?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Feb 19, 2009 10:18pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

If you remove or cover the watermark it should be ok to use. Essentially there is no way to claim copyright just by putting a movie on DVD. Companies use watermarks to mark their territory on the DVDs and if you use the film with their logo they can get you for trademark infringement. They only have a copyright on the compilation, order and packaging of their DVDs.

Mill Creek have gotten out of watermarking after much customer complaining. Only their 2006-2007 releases were watermarked. I believe they did it because their packs were becoming a one stop public domain dvd business starter kit for content.

It would be rich for them to have a "problem" with you removing/concealing their watermark. They are well known for reframing movies that were watermarked by other PD distributors (Alpha, etc).

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Poster: MattWallner Date: Feb 19, 2009 10:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

Thank you so much! An amazingly fast response. I am interested in riffing the film for a rifftrax.com contest and can easily remove the watermark...thanks!..and what a bad movie...

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Poster: MattWallner Date: Feb 20, 2009 10:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

Is "Don't Go in the House" in the public domain?

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Poster: Fact_Checker Date: Sep 29, 2009 7:14pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

I have written an answer to the above question about watermarks (and the same question in some other message threads) in:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=267078

This post was modified by Fact_Checker on 2009-09-30 02:14:22

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Sep 9, 2008 4:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Prisoners of the Lost Universe?

Well as a fellow satanist, I'd love to help but I haven't a clue.

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